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Onward Leaders Program Assistant Director


Danielle Forillo serves as assistant director of Onward Leaders, alongside her director, Meg Samaniego. Danielle is a product of Catholic education, she attended Sts. Felicitas and Perpetua School in San Marino and continued on to La Salle High School in Pasadena. Danielle received her Bachelors of Science in Child and Adolescent Studies and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Fullerton.


In 2009, Danielle began her teaching career at St. Bernard Catholic School in Los Angeles. While at St. Bernard, she received her Clear Credential and Master of Science in Education from Mount Saint Mary’s College. Danielle served at St. Bernard Catholic School for 8 years, during which time her roles included first grade teacher, junior high Student Leadership Coordinator, WCEA/WASC Co-Chair, WASC Leadership Team member for St. Bernard’s 2017 WASC visit, and assistant principal from 2014-2017.


Danielle is enthusiastic about working with the Smet Foundation and her director, Meg Samaniego, to support Onward Leaders in becoming future Catholic School leaders that embody the vision of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.